Local Track Teams Compete at Hump Day Octameet – Shelby County Reporter

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Chief Editor

BIRMINGHAM- It was a special day at Hump Day Octameet on Wednesday January 12, as four local athletics teams combined to rack up 24 podiums and eight wins at the Birmingham Crossplex.

It was a big day for the Thompson Warriors, who posted four wins between the boys and girls along with seven overall podiums.

Eli Sutton and the 4X200 meter relay team each finished with wins for the boys.

Sutton won the triple jump behind a distance of 43 feet 4 inches, while the relay team clocked a fast time of 1:34.17.

Gavin Horton added a second in the pole vault after clearing 13-foot-9, while Bradley Franklin took third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.99 seconds.

The boys also secured the top five places in A’Mon Lane in the 60 meters with a time of 7.21 seconds and the team in the 4X400 meters relay with a time of 3:41.53.

Among the girls, it was Serenity Thomas and Akasha Dudley who chained the victories.

Thomas won the triple jump with a distance of 31 feet 3.5 inches, while Dudley won the shot put behind a distance of 36 feet 0.5 inches.

The 4X200 meter relay team also had a good day for the girls, finishing second with a time of 1:49.80.

The Oak Mountain Eagles were the other Class 7A team in attendance, totaling six podiums and two wins.

The 400-meter sprint was a big highlight for the Eagles, as Cade George won the event and teammate Quest Agee finished second with times of 50.35 seconds and 50.79 seconds, respectively.

Mitch Allen also had a big day for the Eagles, winning the long jump after reaching 21-foot-3. In addition to that, he finished second in the triple jump with a total distance of 42 feet 4.5 inches and third in the high jump after clearing a height of 5 feet 11 inches.

Sara Cothran finished fourth in the girls’ 60 meters with a time of 8.35 seconds. She also finished sixth in the 400 meters with a time of 1:02.50.

Two relay teams also had strong performances with the women’s 4X200 meters relay team finishing third with a time of 1:50.90 and the men’s 4X200 meters relay team finishing fourth with a time of 1:34.43.

The Pelham Panthers had a big day at the event with 10 athletes finishing on the podium.

Six of those podiums have come from the boys, including a victory for William McGough in the 60 metres. He finished the event with a time of 7.10 seconds to claim first place as the only Panthers winner of the day.

Behind that, the 4X200 meter relay team took second place in the event with a time of 1:34.25.

Caleb Newell was also second in the shot put after a distance of 48 feet 4.75 inches.

Pelham also finished third to Jackson Davenport, Devon Adams and Gabe Gamble.

Davenport finished one place behind Newell in the shot put thanks to a distance of 44 feet 4 inches, while Adams and Gamble finished third in the 400 meters and triple jump respectively.

Adams finished his race with a time of 51.68 seconds, while Gamble totaled 39 feet 5.5 inches on the triple jump.

The girls also finished on the podium four times, led by Kennedy Lyles in the long jump. She finished with a distance of 15 feet 6 inches.

Jordan Williams also had a big day with two third-place finishes. She took last place on the podium in the 60 meters and 400 meters behind times of 8.32 seconds and 1:02.16, respectively.

Elizabeth Hayhurst also grabbed a third-place podium finish in the high jump, clearing 4-foot-9.

Brooklyn Kirksey had a big day for the Helena girls, winning the long jump with a distance of 15 feet 10.24 inches and also placing fourth in the 60 meter hurdles thanks to finishing the race in 10.12 seconds.

Sydney Risch and Lamaria Bennett also finished in the top five in their respective events. Risch was fourth in the pole vault after clearing a height of 8ft 3in, while Bennett was fifth in the 60m with a time of 8.38 seconds.

In boys, three athletes finished in the top five.

Kenney Spears was the best of the three, finishing fourth in the 400 meters with a time of 52.24 seconds.

Behind that, Derrick Wilson Jr. was fifth in the shot put with a distance of 41 feet 0.5 inches, while Walter Womack was fifth in the 60 meters with a time of 7.23 seconds.

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